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Tips, traps and technical landmines
Tax has never been more complex, for taxpayers and advisers alike.
Legislative change, regulatory change, regulator activity, and the increasing
complexity of business transactions are all increasing the demands on tax
professionals. In times of change, one of the few constants for tax
professionals is the importance of fundamental technical knowledge and skills.
This program is designed to respond to that need so that participants will gain
the insights needed to add value (whether as advisers or in-house) and avoid
technical traps and landmines.
The 2019 organising committee are delighted to have designed an
unapologetically technical program that will equip attendees with the practical
knowledge and skills to navigate the complex tax environment. Before diving into
the detail however, it is important to understand the context in which we need
to deliver our tax technical skills. To assist with this, we are delighted to
welcome Bob Deutsch and Stephanie Caredes to respond to the political landscape
in an environment where tax policy will likely be a key political battlefield.
Continuing at the macro level, we are excited to have the return of our expert
commentators Graeme Cooper and Kerrie Sadiq, who will join with Bob Deutsch to
tackle the big tax reform questions of our time. We’re sure this discussion will
be thought provoking and will provide the perfect lead-in to lively networking
drinks on Thursday night.
The remainder of the program goes to the core of the Tax Institute’s
professional development; technical sessions delivered by the experts, to
provide attendees with the practical insights to respond to this complex world.
From residency, to capital and revenue distinctions, with a plenary session on
valuations, the technical program tackles core tax matters providing fresh
insights and responding to the latest changes. We also cover the key reforms
relevant to SME and corporate practitioners, with Paul Banister traversing the
stepping stones of Division 7A reform in the SME stream, and John Bland
providing a ‘post-implementation’ perspective on the practical impacts of the
Significant Global Entity changes in the corporate stream.
The 2019 Queensland Tax Forum organising committee are confident that
this program will provide all attendees with the information and ‘tips’
necessary to avoid the traps and technical landmines arising from today’s
complex environment. It is my sincere pleasure to commend the 2019 Queensland
Tax Forum to you, and I look forward to seeing you all there.
2020 Agribusiness Intensive - Demanding Times
The devastating drought has impacted a number of primary producer families to such an extent that they are in “survival mode” clinging on to their business, land and health. Consequently some primary producers are; reducing livestock numbers to their core breeding herd; completely destocking to protect the land and very scarce capital; not taking a risk on planting after two impossible cropping seasons; scaling back intensive livestock operations (piggeries, poultry and cattle feedlots) due to the oppressive cost of imported feed from other States; seeking financial support from the Government; looking at alternative income sources, such as the sale of timber or off-farm employment; and a significant number of dairy farmers are going out of business. By comparison many primary producers are weathering the drought and continuing to carry on their commercial activities.
The program for the 2020 Agribusiness Intensive is populated with sessions specifically targeted towards the key tax issues arising from ongoing primary production business transactions. There is a specific focus on how tax and other support measures may ameliorate the challenges faced by those primary producer families in “survival mode” and put them on the path to being viable again. The 2020 program includes:
This is the fifth year of the very successful Agribusiness Intensive. The two-day program will address key agribusiness taxation issues encountered by tax professionals and will provide attendees with tools to assist their clients to acquit their taxation obligations effectively.
Professional employees that earn above average income often require advice to ensure that they have an optimum and appropriate remuneration plan in place. Salary packaging can ensure that a professional employee is maximising the interaction between benefits that attract fringe benefits tax (FBT), receive concessional tax treatment or are exempt from FBT. This session will cover:
Presented by Stewart Williams, Deloitte and Marie Kenny, Deloitte
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The value of building contracts managed by building contractors can be significant and there are some tax issues that regularly arise for the building and construction industry. This topic aims to cover some of those issues including:
Presented by Sian Sinclair, CTA, Grant Thornton and Tanya Balasekeran, Grant Thornton
A high proportion of individual taxpayers claim a substantial amount of work related deductions and naturally the Australian Tax Office wants to ensure that taxpayers are not claiming income tax deductions that they are not entitled. Various substantiation requirements need to be satisfied while in some cases expenses do not have to be fully substantiated. This topic will cover:
Presented by Trevor Pascall, CTA, Crowe Horwath
An increasing number of domestic retail businesses are now looking to expand their sales via online platforms. The increase in digital businesses gives rise to a myriad of issues that SMEs need to consider. This topic will cover:
Presented by Ajay Ravi, PwC, Devak Bhika, PwC, Cathy Joseph, ATO and David Xu, ATO
Tax professionals are called upon to provide taxation advice on an extensive range of client related tax issues. This series of seminars, built around six key client types, has been specifically catered to engage young tax professionals in exploring, in greater depth, common issues that that most practitioners will encounter in their professional work. Each session is supported by practical, challenging case studies, demonstrating application of taxation law to the client issues presented.
Authored and delivered by practising experts, the series is intended to enable young tax practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of the application of the law to a range of common client issues and expand their current knowledge base.
Please note this is a paperless event, the materials will be emailed to you the week prior to each session.All subscriptions are valid for 2019 only.
IntroductionTax professionals are called upon to provide taxation advice on an extensive range of client related tax issues. This series of seminars, built around six key client types, has been specifically catered to engage young tax professionals in exploring, in greater depth, common issues that that most practitioners will encounter in their professional work. Each session is supported by practical, challenging case studies, demonstrating application of taxation law to the client issues presented.
The Tax Institute’s Women in Tax Network and its Queensland Women’s Tax Collective proudly introduce the next Women in Tax ‘Inspiring Leaders’ lunch, with our honoured guest, Raynuha Sinnathamby.
To describe Raynuha Sinnathamby as a quiet achiever could be somewhat of an understatement given the enormous contribution she has made over many years to the Property Industry and the communities of Greater Springfield and South East Queensland generally.As Managing Director of Springfield Land Corporation (now Springfield City Group) since 2013, Raynuha has overseen some of the key development phases in the 27 years of the project, resulting in the development of a sustainable and diverse community of over 42,000 residents. The Group is also striving to create 50,000 local jobs.After completing her law and arts degrees at The University of Queensland, Raynuha began her career working as a property lawyer in Brisbane before accepting an offer from her father, Maha Sinnathamby, to put her skills to work in the family business in 1998. Raynuha has been intricately involved in the success of Greater Springfield since that time.Raynuha’s leadership and industry contribution was acknowledged in 2013 when she was the second female to be appointed as president of a leading Industry Group in Queensland. This event will give you the opportunity to hear from Raynuha Sinnathamby and learn from her about leadership experiences, the importance of resilience and what drives her to excel in an industry that struggles with diversity. Raynuha, embodies what an Inspiring Leader is, and we are honoured and delighted that she has agreed to share her experiences with us
Healthy, wealthy and wise – the role of D&I in driving a culture of high performance and wellbeing
The Tax Institute’s Women in Tax Network and its Queensland Women’s Tax Collective proudly introduce the next Women in Tax ‘Inspiring Leaders’ lunch, with our honoured guest speaker, Julie McKay.
With over 10 years of experience in diversity and inclusion (D&I), Julie is passionate about impacting important societal agendas in Australia and globally. She is recognised as one of Australia’s leading advocates for the social and economic empowerment of women and has previously served as Executive Director of UN Women Australia and as the first Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force. She is currently the Chief D&I Officer for PwC Australia, leading their internal D&I strategy and working with clients to disrupt cultural and systemic barriers across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.
While D&I is often associated with unconscious bias and targets, organisations are increasingly recognising the links between D&I, mental health and wellbeing and performance. Positioning these as a strategic priority is critical for organisations looking to create more engaged, connected and productive workforces.
Hear Julie’s insights about:
About the presenter
Julie McKay is a partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PwC, with responsibility for leading the firm’s internal D&I transformation as well as supporting clients to adopt inclusive practices and the realise the benefits of diversity.
In 2014, Julie completed a Churchill Fellowship studying the experience of mining, engineering and technology companies in supporting women into senior leadership positions, comparing the experiences of companies in the US, UK, Sweden and Chile. She understands the need for companies to lead societal change, but also the need to support individual employees who might be the ‘pioneers’ in their role or industry. Julie has worked with leadership teams, employee networks and individuals to build understanding of the benefits of inclusion and how this can be achieved for all.
Julie convenes the Queensland Male Champions of Change, supporting the CEOs of some of Queensland’s largest employers to deliver on their diversity commitments. Julie is also the Chair of the Women’s College at the University of Sydney and a Board Member of Brisbane Girls Grammar School.
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